End of Week 1

So end of Week 1 of The Body Coach SSS 90 day plan. So far so good. I would say I’ve stuck to it about 95%, the 5% being that I’ve had some wine today and some healthy raw gluten free bar thing as some of my snacks. I also went out for a meal but although it was off plan it was still using the same rules. 

I’m finding all of the recipes on the plan are so tasty and I’m lucky in the fact I enjoy low carb meals. Husband also loves the recipes and thinks they’re tasty too which is good. Sometimes there’s a little bit too much food so on one or two occasions I haven’t finished my meals. HIIT is getting a little more enjoyable (as if I just said that!)

Here’s a few meals this week:

 Protein refuel pancakes after HIIT   

Low carb tuna salad:

 
Deconstructed feta & spinach omelette. I basically wanted to eat my eggs poached.

   
Overnight oats with yogurt, berries, honey & cinnamon – again following HIIT.

 
I am just starting to feel it in my clothes now (I don’t weigh myself) but still a long way off from how I was last summer. 

83 more days to go! Looking forward to finishing and sharing my own recipes.

In other news – we went to Montville today in Queensland which was off the beaten track but so cute & had amazing, amazing views of the mountains all the way to the coast – definitely worth a visit if you’re in Queensland. On the way home we passed a winery and popped in for free samples and then bought a bottle of our favourite to bring with us. I don’t know what it is about vineyards but I love walking through and being them… Especially in the sunshine 😊 . 

Here’s a quick snap of the view from a lookout. Not sure if you can make it out in the photo but we could see buildings in Caloundra up to Noosa & the ocean.

  

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HIIT

Soo just doing a quick post for beginners (including myself) on the type of exercise the 90 day SSS plan promotes: HIIT. HIIT stands for ‘high intensity interval training’. You basically work as fast as you can for a period of time then rest for a period of time. Repeat this for 15, 20 or 25 minutes.

I usually do 30 seconds fast exercise, 30 seconds ‘rest’, for 20 minutes. I used to only be able to do 16 minutes but my fitness has improved quite rapidly, definitely noticeable within a few sessions. Also I only used to be able to do burpees in the first round but now I can do up until the 3rd (ha). As I get fitter I aim to get it to 45:15 seconds but I’m not sure if/when I’ll get there.

You can do any sort of exercise – running, cycling, rowing. I some times do it on the cross trainer. You can also do it in your home – such as running on the spot, burpees, mountain climbers etc. The aim is to increase your heart rate, the method you use doesn’t matter as much. Following an increase in heart rate, during the rest stage, you should be aiming to slow down your heart rate. I help this process by controlling my breathing.

The science behind how it works, in laymans terms, is because the HIIT session is harder on the body (than steady cardio for example) so it takes more time for the body to repair itself and as a result continues burning calories (& fat – yipeeee) for hours afterwards.

I first heard about HIIT about 3 years ago when my husband told me about it. We bought an exercise bike for the house and decided to give it a go. We biked as fast as we could for 1 minute. Afterwards, we keeled over on the couch and I’m pretty sure I was sick or almost sick. It took us both around 30minutes to recover from that. Every now & then we did HIIT but now we are trying to do it more often as the research is so strong in this area and obviously the plan I am on recommends it.

Reasons I think HIIT is good:
– It only takes a small amount of time to do. No excuses for not having 20minutes spare

– You don’t need gym membership. You can do it in the comfort of your own home.

– You are always pushing yourself to your maximum fitness levels which means you are always putting in high effort levels

– You burn fat for hours afterwards. Unlike cardio where you stop burning fat as soon as you stop working out.

For me personally I recently went to the gym with my mum and did about 60minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of weights. A few days later I did a 16 minute HIIT session. I felt so amazing the day after my HIIT session but I couldn’t even feel anything after the gym. That’s when it really hit me how good HIIT is.

Here are a few YouTube videos you can use:

I’m not at the stage where I enjoy a HIIT session before I do it, as they are really hard work. However, I am so glad I’ve done it once it’s over. Hoping soon I will look forward to doing them too.

Day 2 & 3Β 

Day 2 yesterday was another spinach & feta omelette for breakfast and I prepped lean turkey mince to take with us when we went out to Brisbane. However the parking costs are so expensive in the city centre and I left our food in the car thinking we would be back in it within a few hours. But we learnt that it was basically $30 for 2+ hours, and the bank took almost 2 hours so we decided to hang out in the city – we went for a drink, for a walk in the Botanical Gardens & out for lunch. I had a Mexican steak salad through so although not a plan recipe it was a good compromise.

Our view for drinks Β – looking down Queen St. Great for people watching. πŸ‘«πŸ‘¬πŸ‘­

Botanical Gardens – you can see the sky scrapers in the background. I love the mix of urban & trees.

Gorgeous view along the river banks of the Botanical Gardens including Story Bridge

Mexican steak salad I had at a food court.

Today has been much more relaxed so I could cook all day. I did a 20min fasted HIIT session when I woke up which meant I could eat carbs – yay. So I had a build up bagel with a sea view. More or less sniffed it up.


Lunch – salmon fishcakes, avocado & so much cottage cheese. Β I was so full I didn’t eat my afternoon snack.


Tea was a chicken stir fry. Really light and fresh. It was delicious.


Headaches gone, although currently got a slight sugar craving but going to power on through.

Going to do a post on HIIT next.

See you all for day 4 😊

Day 1 – 90 Day SSS Plan

So day 1 of my 90 day SSS plan from The Body Coach today. It cost Β£147 in total. Cycle 1 (first 30 days) suggests 4/5 x HIIT sessions in one week. The meal plan consists of protein & carbs following a work out, otherwise meals are low carb (proteins & fats). So basically 4 or 5 meals in a week will have carbs (bread, rice, quinoa) and the rest won’t. The cycles following this (cycles 2 & 3) I believe incorporate weights in to them which I’m really looking forward to. Hoping the first 30 days go fast because I’m impatient and want to be back to my wedding weight. 

For my breakfast today I had this spinach & feta omelette which was delicious. Although R cooked it and the spring onions are meant to go in the egg mixture πŸ™ˆ. 

I had an apple for a snack around 11am then my lunch at 12.45pm. It was chicken & cashew curry. It was so lovely I forgot to take a picture! I went to the beach today so I had to take it with me but it was fine. 

When I got home I had 22g of cashew nuts and then my tea which was meant to be lean turkey mince but I couldn’t find any turkey mince in the Australian supermarket (couldn’t find bagels either which is annoying) so I had to use chicken mince.   

Feeling really full now (but with a slight headache). Didn’t do any HIIT today as I was aching from my walk yesterday hence all meals are low carb. I’ll be doing a HIIT session tomorrow definitely. 

Must remember to take my measurements and submit them. Might show you my progress photos if they are looking good in 30 days. πŸ˜‰

Today we visited various beaches of Noosa, Mooloolaba &  Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast. All so gorgeous.  

Weekend over

Weekend of fun almost over. I’m ready to start The Body Coach SSS 90 day plan tomorrow. I have done a meal plan and food shopping for the first few days, ready and raring to go! Most food is fresh so I will have to make a few trips to the supermarket during the week. We also eat out a few times a week usually but are limiting ourselves to once a week & no alcohol at all. Eeeeek. πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰

Anyway, weekend of fun. Friday Β we went up to the Sunshine Coast for a browse around & to see if it’s where we want to live. Here is a picture of me before we left. I’m hiding my fat really well under all that black. Love my yellow kimono though.

We decided Sunshine Coast is definitely where we want to live so are focusing our property search there. Yay. πŸŽ‰

Saturday we went to Brisbane, bought a mobile phone so we now have an Aussie number, opened a bank account, bought a few other bits we needed and went for a walk along Southbank. Love it so much. Visited Brisbane in 2010 when I went “travelling” first time around and I’m so glad to be back. The fake beach in the city centre is so cool.


Still slightly jet lagged as I went to sleep at around 7pmish for the 3rd night in a row.

Today 5 mile walk along Bribie Island beach with a picnic. Absolute paradise! Β 

See you tomorrow for Day 1!

Time to explore

Well I didn’t get to start The Body Coach SSS plan today as R (husband) didn’t get home until after 5pm, then we had dinner and I was literally struggling to keep my eyes open by 7pm so I went to sleep (wide awake by 4am this morning though).

I spent a good few hours designing a weekly meal plan and shopping list yesterday too. The meal plan I can reuse but the shopping list was for Friday to Monday so I will have to do a new one for Monday to Thursday now 😩 Took me ages to do as well. Never mind.

Today is our first time exploring our new home together. Sunshine Coast today, Brisbane Saturday, and maybe Gold Coast at some point too. I am going to enjoy myself these few days and begin on Monday – definitely. The time has to be right or there is no point.

Going to do a 20min HIIT session this morning though. Then will update again when I return from today’s antics. Byeeee πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

Arrived in Oz

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I am officially in Australia (woo, yay, yippee)! We travelled from Manchester on Monday to Dubai, followed by Perth and then arrived in Brisbane Wednesday morning.

The picture was taken somewhere on the way to Dubai. It looked even more spectacular in real life as the sea was purple and it blended well with the bottom of the sky to give the illusion of a huge rainbow. Corny but I do think one of the main reasons we are here is to witness such gorgeous sights.

Anyway, travelling was, as I expected, totally exhausting and we both slept all day yesterday. Husband is doing a few work things today then we will need to explore, find a place to live, open a bank account, get phones, get a car, et cetera until he starts properly in around 2 weeks time.

Our accommodation in the mean time is so lovely though – I feel so lucky! Really tired yesterday and it’s a bit messy today so only have this one picture of our bedroom looking through to the sea which I quickly snapped before collapsing on to bed. I will try and take more when it is tidy.

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Hopefully starting my SSS 90 day plan tomorrow from The Body Coach if hubbie is back in time to go to the super market this evening.

Full Steam Ahead

So I finally managed to get my WordPress account mapped to my domain name so that’s good. Just need to make it more attractive now. 

Yesterday I booked flights to Australia for Monday afternoon. That means this weekend will be spent making various pit stops to say bye to friends & family before flying at 1pm on Monday. It takes 30 hours in total so taking in to account time zones etc we arrive Wednesday morning Aussie time.No doubt I will be jet lagged for a week. I’m really looking forward to spending more time out doors though.

I did do a HIIT session yesterday in my living room and I’m eating healthy (I even had just water at Cafe Nero yesterday). Will update more when I have my own kitchen to cook in and more free time to exercise! 

Visa yay

A scrambled mess of a breakfast consisting of 2 X eggs, tomatoes & cheese.Β 
Followed by a 16 minute HIIT session in the living room. 30 second working as fast as I can, followed by 30 seconds of rest for: running on the spot with high knees, burpees, low star jumps then mountain climbers. So 4 rounds in total. Absolute killer! My core body muscles were killing, I especially hate the burpees.

Should have really done 20mins but easing myself in slowly and I didn’t want to vomit all my breakfast back up. Hopefully it will get easier the more I do it.

In other news, my visa came through this morning which means my husband & I can finally move to Australia after over a year of interviews, forms, red tape and waiting. So exciting! Hopefully we can fly on Sunday. I can not wait to do more outdoor activities with good weather. I set this blog up just in good time.

The BeginningΒ 

I am basically starting my blog at the end of January 2016 to track my weight loss & fitness progress with the aim (hope) that it will become more of a lifestyle/fashion blog when I am feeling better about myself.

We all love a journey and this is the beginning of mine (again). I basically got married, spent 6 months celebrating & woke up 20lbs heavier. I have taken starter photographs but I daren’t post them just yet. 

I chose the name because I love raspberries (and they are foodie) but I just love the wild raspberry image – reminds me of summer and being care free. Hopefully with WordPress I can update on the move.

See you again very soon 😊